Giovanni Croce
(c.1557 - 1609)

Croce : Lord, in thine anger do no more reprove me : illustration

Lord, in thine anger do no more reprove me
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Croce's Sette sonetti penitentiali were first published in 1597. They arrived in England a decade later as "Musica Sacra: to Six Voyces. Composed in the Italian tongue by GIOVANNI CROCE. Newly Englished. In London Printed by Thomas Este, the assigne of William Barley. 1608."
Lyrics: Psalm 38, paraphrased in sonnet by Francesco Bembo, english'd by R.H.

Lord, in thine anger do no more reprove me,
Nor in thy fury multiply my sorrows;
For in my flesh I feel thy fearful arrows:
Thy heavy hand doth unto goodness move me.
Sick, in itself my soul doth sigh and languish:
Because my sins so wholly overcame me,
Sorely afflicted, and all humbled am I;
And in my plaint, my heart roars out for anguish.
My strength ev'n fails me, and my sight hath fled me,
And everyone endeavours to undo me.
But I as deaf'ned the while with dumbness sped me.
In thee I hope (my God) Ah listen to me:
Ah leave me not (thou that canst best bested me)
Thou my salvation, and comfort sole unto me.